Diversity in WWII

Posted February 26, 2016 by Ely in Entries From The Secret Annex, Events / 2 Comments

I’m kind of sad to be writing this post—it’s my last ‘real’ post for Entries From The Secret Annex. I’ve had so much fun these past two weeks that I don’t want it to end! I thought it would be nice to end on a high note, so today I’m talking about a few WWII books that feature diversity.

In a way, you could say that most WWII books are diverse because they predominately feature Jewish characters. For that reason, I’ve decided to (mostly) focus on non-race diversity.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I’m sure most of you have heard of this, if not already read it. In fact, I’m probably one of the only people on earth to have not read this yet (soon, though!) For anyone who might not have read it, this features a blind main character.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This story is one very close to my heart—the main character has a club foot, which I was born with too. I wrote about this last year in more detail, if you’re interested. I haven’t actually read this yet, but I plan to get to it very soon.

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans
This is the story of Rosa Luxemburg, who, among other things, was the leader of the German revolution of 1919. She also had a physical disability as the result of a hip ailment as a child.

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
This is where I foray a little into racial diversity. Paper Wishes is about a young Japanese girl who is relocated to an interment camp, and her pet dog. I don’t know about all of you, but I rarely see any WWII books focusing on the Japanese side of the War, so this should be interesting.

Those are a few diverse WWII books that have caught my eye lately. Are there an others that you know of, or that you’ve read? I have a slightly off-topic question to ask you all now. As you can see, my interest in diverse books usually have something to do with disability—but I think there’s still a lot absent in fiction. Is there a particular area you think needs growth?

You’ve only got a few more chances to enter the event giveaway, and don’t forget to keep follow #AnnexEntries in case you’ve missed any of our posts. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the event, and I’ll be back tomorrow with one final post.


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2 responses to “Diversity in WWII

  1. Jackie Dolamore

    Oh, I happened to see this post and wanted to add, a very fascinating WW2 autobiography was “And There Was Light” by Jacques Lusseyran, who was totally blind and helped with the French resistance! (I don’t see nearly as many books from the French perspective either…did this book inspire All the Light We Cannot See? I haven’t read it yet but I wouldn’t be surprised…)

    • Ooh, I haven’t heard of that one before but I’m definitely adding it to my TBR now. The titles are very similar so I wonder!